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‘Sarawak Report’, an attempt for political assassination

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The speculative ‘Sarawak Report’ story about Datuk Seri Najib allegedly suffering a stroke is a crass, cruel and crude attempt at political assassination.

It was also calculated to create confusion and doubt in the minds of an unsuspecting public for dubious gain.

It was gutter politics at its worst.

The story quoted no authority for its claim that Najib was ill, it made no attempt to show journalistic objectivity, and it went on to make unsubstantiated conclusions.

It was yellow journalism at its worst.

Najib has since categorically denied he had suffered a stroke and said he was in good shape.

The story was obviously planted as an attempt to destabilise the Barisan Nasional government, but the question that needs to be asked is this:  Why did ‘Sarawak Report’ carry the story knowing full well that it would suffer a credibility deficit as a result?

The answer would lie with the blogsite owner Clare Rewcastle Brown, the self-styled political critic who once confessed to an interviewer that she “completely identified with someone in the opposition”.

Apparently born in Sarawak but now resident overseas, Ms Brown (sister-in-law of former British premier Gordon Brown) has consistently published anonymous articles on her blogsite critical of the State and Federal Governments.

It is no offence to be critical of any regime but to use subterfuge, calumny and sensationalism or to use disinformation to fool the public are unforgivable sins for which ‘Sarawak Report’ needs to atone – mole.my